Installing WhatsApp on Java Devices

WhatsApp is the IM leader when it comes to the number of users. The app has a user base of close to 1 billion people, all of whom exchange more than 60 billion messages in a single day.

This messenger was born in 2009 and since then, it has spelt dark moments for mobile carriers who were making a fortune out of SMSs and phone calls. This is true because the application can be used to make free voice calls as well as send free messages that include text, videos, pictures as well as voice recordings, among others.

One thing that has largely contributed to the app’s huge popularity is the fact that it can be installed on quite a wide range of phones running on a variety of operating systems. The main mobile operating systems that are supported are Android, iOS and Windows Phone. The app is also available for the users of Symbian OS, but this group receives very few updates; hence the users still depend on instant messaging alone when communicating via the app on this OS.

While Android remains to be the leader when it comes to popularity of mobile operating systems, this Google-owned software has only been around for about 7 years now. Before it, people still had mobile phones and the funniest thing is that a good number of these people have chosen to remain with these devices or simply replace them with new ones. The devices in question here are java-based phones.

How to install latest WhatsApp on a java-powered phone

To download and install WhatsApp on your java phone, for instance Nokia Asha 200, be sure to go along with the below steps and you will be good to go.

What you need

Before you start thinking of using WhatsApp on your java phone, you need to have the following ready: a working PC, a java phone and a suitable internet connection.

Once you have the three tools with you, connect your PC to the internet and download the following two files: WhatsApp_Messenger.jad and WhatsApp_Messenger.jar. When these two files are downloaded and saved on your PC, connect your java phone to the PC using a USB cable and copy the two files into one folder on the phone.

After this, simply disconnect your phone from the PC and you should be able to see WhatsApp there. Select it and it will shoot up so that you can go on and enter your phone number for registration purposes.

Remember WhatsApp requires an internet connection to send messages on your java phone and since these devices have no support for Wi-Fi, make sure you have subscribed to an unlimited data pack or else your airtime will be used up during communication.

Facebook Messenger Partners with Uber to Bring Ride Hailing to iOS and Android

Facebook Messenger is slowly moving away from being a simple free instant messaging and calling app to more like a WeChat of the west, a role that Kik Messenger thought belongs to it.

The application has now integrated Uber into its services where users can now hail a ride right from within the Messenger app. This is a very bold move by Facebook as it looks to change this chat app into a multi-purpose mobile application and take advantage of the same market that Asian apps such as WeChat and LINE are doing in their respective regions.

At the moment, Messenger already boasts customer service channels for businesses. In addition, there are reports that the company is working on developing partnerships with airlines where the latter will be able to broadcast their travel alerts. The company is also still working on M, a virtual assistant that comes in to take the place of traditional functionalities such as making a reservation at a hotel or restaurant.

The VP of Messaging Products at Facebook David Marcus was full of praise for the recent move by the company, labeling it as the perfect incarnation as far as the type of functionality the company wants to see in Messenger is concerned. He adds that we should “expect to see us [Facebook] further opening up the platform [Messenger] more and adding even more capabilities as well as functionality”.

Messaging apps are playing a critical role in today’s business

The fact that Uber has gone for Facebook Messenger as its partner in a bid to expand its services’ reach and basically interact better with their customers, shows the level of importance messaging apps are gaining in the enterprise world.

As mentioned earlier, Messenger is looking to become the WeChat of the West thanks to the fact that this Chinese app already offers ride hailing. Other than this, Wei Xin (as popularly known in China) also allows the users to play lottery, book flights, make reservations, invest in stock market as well as pay bills right from within the app, among many others.

Uber feels that the integration of its services with Facebook will change travelling into a social experience. According to the company’s senior VP of business Emil Michael, we might soon see people with their ETAs displayed against their names in the chat group so that it is easier to tell when someone you are waiting for will arrive.

This move follows another that came in earlier this week where the company also partnered with another chat app known as Hipchat. Michael said that this will go on and see the company partner with even more apps, but probably not with the same “level of sophistication as well as deep integration” it has done with Facebook Messenger.

At the moment, the tests will start running in the U.S., with Uber promising to bring the service to other countries very soon. In addition, it was noted that some Messenger users will be gifted with free rides in a bid to test the service. Who knows, you might get lucky.

Facebook Instant Articles Now Available on Android

Facebook has finally brought the much-awaited for Instant Articles on Android, the most popular mobile operating system.

If you are an avid user of this social networking platform, you definitely have a Facebook app on your Android phone. If no, the app is free to download and install right from the Google Play Store. Once you get started, simply check out for a lightning bolt icon when checking articles and tap on it to experience the changes.

This new update was announced on Wednesday following a few weeks of testing on the same Android platform; however, the test process only took into account a few users. Nonetheless, as from now, you can get the quick-loading Instant Articles on your phone so that you can stay up to date with the latest around the world.

Facebook Instant Articles are basically news pieces that are published to the platform directly, promising to load up to 10 times faster when compared to using external links to read the same news pieces. The leading social networking company has partnered with more than 350 publishers from all over the world who will be responsible for posting their content on Facebook’s mobile apps via this new feature.

After initially running tests on the iOS devices starting from May this year, Mark Zuckerberg and co have finally decided to bring it to Android. However, those who got it in its initial day had very little to enjoy from as the company had very few partners. Now that it has a huge collection and more are expected to come in as the popularity of the feature grows, we expect to see it move to Windows Phone and maybe Symbian OS at a later time.

The more than 350 publishers on Facebook’s Instant Articles will be posting daily, but this is not a requirement for the company. At the moment, a huge number of these publishers are based in the U.S.; however, more publishers from different parts of the world are expected to come in with time, especially from the developing market. The company has been focusing most of its recent efforts on spreading its services to these regions, something it recently insisted by introducing 2G Tuesdays where its employees get to use this kind of slow connection in order to get the feeling of what users in these regions go through when accessing Facebook.

At the moment, Facebook is happy to reveal that it connects more than 1 billion per day. However, with Instant Articles, this figure might just get bigger.

If you haven’t noticed the new Instant Articles on your Facebook app for Android, make sure you head to the Google Play and install the latest version.

Apple iPhone 6S Plus vs. Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Ultimate Phablet Review

While both Apple and Samsung did big jobs with the iPhone 6S and Samsung Galaxy S6 respectively, there are some people who love bigger.

If you are one of these people, the most appealing choices in your mind should be the iPhone 6S Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5. These are massive phablets with super-amazing specs and super-amazing prices as well. But do you go for both of them? Not really.

Samsung has built on the many exciting features it included in the Galaxy Note 4 while Apple has done the same with its first attempt in the phablet world – the iPhone 6 Plus. The two phones are with no doubt amazing and inspirational from either camp. Now that Apple has jumped into the phablet world and it is even going much deeper, a field that Android users are used to and Samsung has done away with a couple of features there are even more accusations that it is further copying its Cupertino counterpart. Nonetheless, these two have resulted into something that is a lot similar.

Even though they have lots of similarities on the surface, digging a little deeper will give you some notable differences. So, how can you tell these two apart? Here is a simple review of the features and specs of these two devices – the iPhone 6S Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Design and display

The iPhone 6S Plus comes with a full metal body, whereas Samsung built the Galaxy Note 5 with a premium combination of metal frame and glass. While the two phones look alarmingly beautiful in their own sense, Samsung has really nailed it with its new unibody design that dropped the plastic materials used in its previous flagships. However, this choice meant that the device comes without a number of usual features, such as the microSD card and removable battery.

The 6S Plus did not change much when compared to the previous iPhone 6 Plus; however, one noticeable difference with this phone as compared to other iPhone “S” models is that it came in with a slightly thicker and heavier build than its predecessor. This is not usual as Apple has always released an S model that is thinner and lighter than the previous models. The change, however, is brought about by the stronger 7000 series aluminum that was used to build the 6S Plus.

Even though Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a larger display screen of 5.7 inches as opposed to iPhone 6S Plus’ 5.5 inches, it still manages to get smaller dimensions and is also lighter. The Note 5 measures 153.2 by 76.1 by 7.6 mm and weighs 171 grams while the 6S Plus measures 158.2 by 77.9 by 7.3 mm and weighs 192 grams.

As far as the display is concerned, there are quite some immense differences, leave alone the size and resolution. Samsung installed a Super AMOLED QHD screen on the Note 5, which gives it a pixel density of 518ppi. On the other hand, the iPhone 6S Plus features an IPS LCD Full HD screen that manages a resolution of 1080p and a slightly lower pixel density of 401ppi. Even though there are some discrepancies in the technologies behind these screens, it is hard to tell the difference using the naked eye.

Given that Apple is rumored to be working on OLED technology for their next series of iPhones, we might see why many experts think that Samsung’s Super AMOLED display technology is again the winner in this case.

Hardware, software and performance

Samsung got rid of several key features such as the removable battery and expandable storage in a bid to accommodate the new design tune, a move that has further pushed the company closer to Apple’s way of doing things with respect to smartphone hardware.

You will come across a fingerprint scanner on both devices; however, Apple’s Touch ID is much faster in the current generation of iPhones. Going deeper, Samsung only unveiled two variants of the Note 5 with respect to internal storage – 32GB and 64GB. On the other hand, the 6S Plus features three variants, starting from 16GB, 64GB and 128GB. As usual, Apple devices come without expandable memory and removable battery.

Getting further inside these devices will reveal that the Galaxy Note 5 is equipped with an octa-core Exynos 7420 chip that manages speeds of 2.1GHz and has a RAM of 4GB. In contrast, the iPhone 6S Plus comes with a dual core A9 processor that manages speeds of 1.8GHz and has a RAM of 2GB. However, this is just on paper; but when it comes to the real world, the two devices’ performance levels are hard to separate.

As far as mobile payments are concerned, both devices come with NFC chips, but the one on the 6S Plus is only meant for use with Apple Pay whereas Note 5’s can be used widely on Android Pay, Samsung Pay and more. While the Galaxy Note 5 is equipped with S-Pen stylus, the 6S Plus features 3D Touch – a pressure sensitive feature for accessing hidden menus when pressing on icons with some level of force.

These two are powered by decent battery units, with the 6S Plus coming with a 2,750mAh unit while the Galaxy Note 5 comes with a slightly larger 3,000mAh unit. Samsung included fast charging technology on its phablet making it fully charge in about an hour or so. Apple’s iPhone 6S Plus lacks this, which means it takes a little longer to charge up to full capacity.

On the software side, it is obvious. Apple went for iOS 9 while Samsung went for the Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. As always, this is just a matter of simplicity versus customization.

Camera specs and pricing

Moving on to photography, Samsung went for a rear snapper of 16MP with an aperture of f/1.9, optical image stabilization (OIS) and 4K video shooting. On the front part there is a 5MP snapper with a wide angle lens. On the other hand, Apple went for a rear snapper of 12MP with an aperture of f/2.2 as well as OIS and ability to record 4K videos. On the front there is a similar 5MP snapper like the one on the Galaxy Note 5. The lower of aperture of the Note 5 actually gives it an upper hand over the 6S Plus.

Both iPhone 6S Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 5 are amazing premium smartphones. But as mentioned earlier, buying both of them might seem a little absurd, but if you can, the better. Nonetheless, you will need to part with at least $749 for the 16GB version of the iPhone 6S Plus while on the other hand, the 32GB version of the Galaxy Note 5 requires around $699.

There you have it! Which phone to buy now depends on you and your purchasing power; but regardless of your choice, you will definitely end up with a super-smartphone.

Brazil Closes Down WhatsApp for 48 Hours, Congress Targeting the Entire Social Web

A Brazilian judge based in Sao Paulo has given a directive that WhatsApp be closed down for at least 48 hours, beginning Wednesday 9pm ET.

While the app is considered the most used in the world, it is considered the god of instant messaging in Brazil, boasting a user base of more than 93 million people. In short, more than 93% of the country’s entire population depends on this messaging app for communication purposes. Brazil is a developing nation and here, WhatsApp is considered as the cheapest way for the youth and poor to communicate as opposed to going for the heftily priced cell phone rates in the country.

In fact, the South American soccer powerhouse is rated as one of the countries with the most expensive cell phone rates, so, WhatsApp is a very valuable and useful service in the region.

Telcos in Brazil have been of the view that the app’s usage should be regulated since it was illegal, especially the voice calling feature. They have further blamed WhatsApp for the fact that people no longer depend on cell phone lines for communication. However, temporarily shutting down the app is comparable to killing the entire nation’s communication network since it is rated in the top 3 with respect to social media presence. When it comes to individual usage, Brazilians spend close to twice the time Americans spend on social media platforms.

Closing down WhatsApp in Brazil is with no doubt one of the craziest moments in the country’s internet history. Things might even get worse just in case the conservative Congress of the country gets its way as the next target is to take down the entire social web. Bills are currently doing rounds in the legislature where the Congress wants to penalize persons for posting on social media as well as give the government permission to spy on citizens.

The debate on privacy has now taken a different twist in this country as many politicians are of the view that citizens are overusing their freedom of expression via the media. They want to be given control of censoring social media as well as have the law enforcers deal with any person who posts content they feel is offensive to them.

This would be a huge turn from what the country implemented just last year via the Marco Civil Internet Bill of Rights which came in to protect net neutrality, freedom of speech as well as user privacy.

WhatsApp BETA 2.12.287 Download Available for Nokia Smartphones

WhatsApp has over 900 million monthly active users, which makes it one of the most popular mobile messaging applications. It’s available for smartphones running on Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10, Android, iOS and Symbian, and has a web client for computers.

Today we’re going to talk about the latest WhatsApp BETA version for Symbian S60 smartphones such as Nokia Belle. The WhatsApp 2.12.287 is the latest BETA version of this application for Symbian S60 and now it can be downloaded from the internet. The new version of the application doesn’t come with new features, but instead it fixes some bugs that the developers have found or users have reported. In addition, the developers have improved the application’s stability, which means that you the application will no longer crash.

The WhatsApp 2.12.287 SIS (installation) comes with 7 modified files which are related to libraries and the executable file. The new WhatsApp application has some racial emojis, but these have not been enabled yet by the developers, but we will most likely see them sometime in a future update.

WhatsApp 2.12.287: How To Install On Your Nokia Smartphone

First of all, you will need to uninstall the current WhatsApp application from your Nokia device. After that, you will have to open the browser on your smartphone and head to whatsapp.com/nokia. Here, you will notice a big “Download Now” button that you will need to select in order to download the WhatsApp 2.12.287 SIS file to your Nokia smartphone.

Once the download is complete, install the WhatsApp 2.12.287 on your Nokia smartphone. Finally, open the latest WhatsApp BETA on your Nokia smartphone device and use your mobile phone number to get verified, in order to log into your WhatsApp account.

Have you tested out the latest WhatsApp BETA on your Nokia smartphone? Tell us your thoughts about it!

LG WebOS 3.0 Features and Improvements – What’s New?

The WebOS smart TV platform is preparing for an important upgrade in the forthcoming year. LG wishes to launch a Smart TV line, which according to the latter will feature the new webOS 3.0 platform. Sources say this big launch will take place at the CES event in January.

The latter platform will roll out with a bunch of features that are meant to ease the whole procedure of interchange content choice, all kinds of streaming services and more. WebOS 3.0 comes with Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile Connection and an updated Magic Remote.

Detailing the WebOS 3.0 features: Magic Zoom, Magic Mobile Connection, Magic Remote &more

Magic Zoom is the feature that allows you to enlarge small letters on the screen and the best part about it, is that it doesn’t give you that hazy image. The second feature, Magic Mobile Connection permits users to connect with their phones to the TV and the rest of the apps displayed on the screen. And last but not least, the Magic Remote is the sole controller for the entire TV system.

With webOS 3.0, users will also get to enjoy Channel Plus. LG states that the latter “provides a wide range of over-the-top content in a user-friendly format”. Together with the Xumo platform, LG is planning on including content to the Channel Plus from the following: Time Inc., The Wall Street Journal, Mode Media, Bloomberg Politics and more.

Channel Advisor is another amazing feature that will be able to identify your preferred movies, TV shows, in short it will “read” your pattern and you will see a displayed list of all your top choices. Also, when the TV is not on, you can listen to your favorite tracks due to a new music player app that will also be included in the webOS 3.0.

The company is also planning on upgrading the Live Menus as well as My Channels, so that users can include 10 of their favorite programs, without having to renounce watching to their current one.

Steam Winter Sale 2015 – Fallout 4, Just Cause 3 and Metal Gear Solid V Offers

Just Cause 3, Metal Gear Solid V, The Witcher III and more games can be found at some amazing prices as the Steam Annual Winter Sale commenced today.

PC games will be sold like hot cakes as players are eager to benefit from this year’s Steam Winter Sale. Old and new games are marked down to some amazing costs, so this is the time to buy.

However, this year’s Winter Sale comes with several changes. Before, there were Daily Deals and Flash Sales, which were usually integrated in a time frame, from 24 hours to 48 and even 8 hours. But, this year’s Winter Sale is different as there is no time-limit for the offers. Thus, all of the offers and deals will be the same until the 4th of January, when the sales will end.

So, to replace Daily Deals and Flash Sales, Valve has come up with new ideas. They will include a special holiday comic called Northpole Noir, every day a new page will be unveiled.

Also, Valve has come up with a new project that hands-out 3 Steam trading cards every day. If you’re a Steam user, you can leaf through all sorts of discounted games with and once you’ve fulfilled the 11-game survey, you can make use of the gift card. A sneaky, yet captivating strategy, as users will definitely come back daily to check out the games and other discounts.

But, if you’re looking to grab the Fallout 4 game at a budget-friendly price, you won’t experience this joy, as the price still remains $59.99 just like the Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege game. The costs for the Steam Link and Steam Controller are pretty much the same, but if you do buy one or the other, you will get the Left 4 Dead and Counter Strike: Global Offensive as a gift.

Remember that this Steam Winter Sales will continue until January 4 and if you’re still looking for a Christmas gift, now is the time to make a purchase.

WhatsApp Downloads For 2015: Why Everyone Loves WhatsApp

Who had thought in 2009 that Whatsapp will be such a big hit all over the world and will sit amongst some of the top mobile messenger apps in just a few years. Millions of people around the globe are in love with this beautiful app which has modified the mobile online communication in an unprecedented way. There are many reasons why it has grown so big and why it is still on a high as Whatsapp developers have entered into collaboration with Facebook.

One of the reasons is that Whatsapp automatically develops the contacts unlike other apps which include Skype, Facebook Messenger, GTalk etc. where you have to do the labor of constructing your own contact list. Another reason is that Whatsapp has taken the place of conventional texting and has almost ruled out the way when you sent a message through telephonic network and waited in case there is some problem with the network. This was the basic reason for me switching to Whatsapp, initially. Compared to the texting, it also gives you the facility of exchanging videos, pictures, recordings, website links etc. in the shortest possible time as you are always online. Apps like Skype used a number as a contact reference, it is same in the case of Whatsapp but former holds the distinction of identifying the contacts, too. You just need to have the mobile number of the person and Whatsapp will automatically find it for you. Whatsapp provided features like sharing videos, pictures and audio files along with group chat facility which were not featured by many popular apps. Another distinguishing feature of Whatsapp over other apps is its compatibility with all popular mobile operating softwares and mobile developing companies. In this way Whatsapp managed to target a large number of people as compared to other apps which were supported only by smart phones.

Moving towards the developments that have taken place in Whatsapp’s versions over last six years or so, voice calling can be regarded as the most crucial advancement made by Whatsapp. You can call any person sitting anywhere in the world and all you need is an internet connection. So one can call anyone, anywhere, anytime and it will be free of cost. Previous versions of Whatsapp didn’t provide options like backing up of conversation files and removing of unwarranted chat files with reference to the time period whereas latest versions are equipped with such facilities.

Other changes include the previewing of links, starring of important message data, options provided in last seen feature, introduction of more emojis, marking the massages declaring them to be read or unread, muting notifications from groups or unwanted contacts, Whatsapp global search etc. Also the design of Whatsapp has undergone changes over the period of time as it has become much more attractive and catchy. Latest versions also have the option of blocking the contacts which are not in your contact list, but you still receive a message from them. You can report them as spam and block them.

People have become, somewhat, addicted to Whatsapp and this addiction is likely to increase in future as further developments are expected.